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Why Study Performing Arts?
The Arts of music and drama contribute to the development of pupils and to the school curriculum by providing a powerful form of communication and expression. They can change the way individuals feel, think and act. They affect emotions and moods providing opportunity for personal expression, reflection and emotional wellbeing. Music and Drama develop thinking skills, increasing perception, imagination, creativity and physical co-ordination: skills which can be transferred to other areas of experience and learning. Music and Drama enables pupils to define themselves in relation to others, their friends, social groups and to the culture in which they live. Music and Drama are an integral part of culture, past and present and will continue to be vehicles of expression through which we can interpret and escape from our ever changing world.
The Music Department Aims to:
- Develop musical skills and concepts through the composition, performance and critical evaluation of Music.
- Foster and encourage the enjoyment of Music in all its forms.
- Develop a sensitive response to Sound and Music.
- Develop an appreciation of the role and importance of Music Technology.
- Experience fulfillment, which derives from striving for the highest possible artistic and technical standards.
- Music is FUN
- Music makes the day more alive and interesting, which helps us learn
- Music helps us to express our deepest emotions and thoughts
- Music encourages higher ordered thinking skills
- Music helps us to understand our cultural heritage as well as other past and present cultures.
- Music encourages team work
- Music fosters creativity and individuality
- Music education fosters discipline and commitment
- Lasting pupil curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Drama.
- An atmosphere where pupils wish to learn, so that they come to enjoy Drama, because they are active participants in it, and where staff enjoy teaching, so they give of their very best.
- Each pupil to achieve his/her potential in a variety of situations, using all available resources appropriately, to ensure the highest level of achievement for each pupil.
- A body of knowledge, principles, skills, techniques and vocabulary related to Drama.
- Teaching methods and resources that allow all pupils (irrespective of their gender, ethnic origin, academic ability, etc.) to have equal access to Drama and to experience success and enjoyment in their work.
- Each pupil to feel the value and worth of others. In doing so, to encourage empathy, so that each pupil approaches issues of Race, Gender and Ability with tolerance and insight.
- Lasting enjoyment and appreciation of dramatic literature from a variety of cultures and traditions
Music Department Ethos
In Music we try to encourage the following:
‘Drama is an art form, a practical activity and an intellectual discipline. A drama education, which begins naturally with learning through dramatic play, will eventually include many elements of theatre. Like the other arts, it involves imagination and feelings and helps us to make sense of the world. It does this through the creation of imagined characters and situations, and the relationships and events that they encounter.’ – Drama in Schools
Students receive one 50 minute music lesson each week in years 7 -9. It is optional in KS4 and students are able to study it at GCSE level or as a new BTEC. Drama is only available as an option subject in KS4
The teaching and support staff are currently:
Mr W Moss Subject Leader in Performing Arts/Teacher of Music
Mr A Potts Teacher of Drama/Assistant Head of Mendes House